Island Ford Trail System
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Georgia
Difficulty
hike difficulty
5.4
Length
hike difficulty
3
Duration 30 min - 1.5 hours
Elevation Gain 475 ft.
State Georgia
Park/Forest Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Parking Fee $3, $25 annual pass
Blaze None
Nearby City Roswell, GA
Trailhead Coord. 33.995185, -84.332455

Offering calm river walks and some rugged climbs, the Island Ford trails are a wonderful getaway for locals in the surrounding area. Because there are many interconnecting trails, hikers can tailor their walk to any distance and difficulty desired.



There are three separate parking areas, one immediately to the left at the entrance to the park. This is where this description will start. Parking at the lower parking lot will allow for the shortest and easiest walk to the river. Here as well, are several picnic areas, a drinking fountain, and the location of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area headquarters and visitor center. All the parks in the CRNRA have a $3 park fee; however, if you wish to purchase a year-long pass, you can do so at the visitor center here.



Beginning at the first parking lot and highest elevation of the park, take the trail on the left heading right toward the river. There is another trail completed recently with a white sign stating Sandy Springs Island Ford Trail. Because this trail is not part of the rest of the Island Ford Trail System, it will be covered in a separate listing. The trail quickly begins descending towards the river, crossing a several footbridges and a small creek until reaching the first junction.



Following the outermost perimeter, the trail continues to descend until reaching the river. Here, the terrain flattens out and follows the river for half a mile. This is where the majority of people walk in the park. Taking the any one of the trails on the right before reaching the visitor center will take you to the entrance road. Crossing the road is an additional half mile loop around a small lake. Returning back through the second parking lot, take the trail back down to the river, continuing back the way you came in.



Once north of the trails around the visitors center, take the next left to climb the hill, following a small tributary. Staying on the outside perimeter, but making an enclosed loop will eventually return you to the first trail junction. Along these sections you will pass very few other people, allowing for some solitude on all but the busiest days. Follow the trail back toward the first parking lot to end the trail.

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  • Island Ford Trail System Overview
  • Walking along the River
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GETTING THERE
Trailhead Coordinates
33.995185, -84.332455 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°59.71, W 84°19.95 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 33°59'43'', W 84°19'57'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Ranger District Information
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
1978 Island Ford Pkwy, Sandy Springs, GA 30350
678-538-1200